Sangiovese Takeover wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Sangiovese Takeover

Saturday, April 22nd from 2-5pm – Drop by Table Wine for a free “Sangiovese Takeover” Tasting!  This is your chance to try the new Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose along with some classic Tuscan interpretations of the grape!

I love Sangiovese in all its various forms and styles.  It creates everything from dry and refreshing roses to full bodied, long lived red wines………and everything in between.  Join us as Sangiovese takes over the tasting bar!  Not familiar with the grape?  Not to worry as I will guide you through the tasting and tell you about the grape and the wines.  To start, the Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose always reminds me of picking strawberries in the summer as a kid.  It literally smells of sun-soaked strawberries but remains crisp and dry on the palate.  Up next, the Poggio Vignoso Chianti flows with juicy, ripe red fruits.  It makes me want a big plate of eggplant parm.  To finish, the Brunelli Poggio Apricale is what I like to call “Poor Person’s Brunello.”  90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot from younger Brunello vineyards, it is rich, ripe, and savory.  Bring on the bolognese!  Getting hungry yet?  Stop by this Saturday, taste, buy and get to cooking!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose  (Columbia Valley, Washington) – I’ve been selling this wine for over 10 years and it’s always great!  100% Sangiovese fermented in stainless steel, it just hits the spot on so many different levels.  It’s dry, it’s packed with aromas and flavors of ripe summer fruits, and it goes down super easy.  Pour this at your next outdoor spring or summer party and your friends will think you’re a certified sommelier.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: Just $10.99/bottle on your solid case through May 10th!

2.2015 Poggio Vignoso Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) – There are oceans of horrible Chianti on the market — thin, sour, and astringent, they just plain suck.  This is not one of those!  Rich, complex, and packed with ripe cherry and plum fruit, this tastes more like a Classico.  With a bit of complexity in the form of leather and earthy spice, it’s a wine I could have a conversation with just as much as I could chug it.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed case

3. 2015 Brunelli Poggio Apricale (Tuscany, Italy) – This one really does it for me!  From younger vines located on the outskirts of Montalcino, it gives me Brunello-like heart and soul at a fraction of the price.  I pick up notes of wild cherry, blackberry, black tea and savory spice all offered up on an opulent and open knit palate.  Who’s bringing the bolognese over?
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

Purchase Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose

Case of the Month – Dry rose fans rejoice as the Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose is back and it’s great again!  With eleven Best of Class and numerous gold awards at prestigious wine competitions, it is one of our country’s top pink wines.  I can say with certainty that it is very deserving of the praise. We poured this one last Friday and every single person that tasted it loved it.  We ran out!  Not to worry, 20 cases arrive today……….even better, I’m putting it on sale through May 10th.  Believe me when I say that this is one of the most satisfying wines to drink during the spring and summer seasons.  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order.  Here’s the deal:

2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose
Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

On Sale Through Wednesday, May 10th
$10.99/bottle on solid case purchases — That’s Over 20% Off!

Dry rose sales continue to surge in the United States, and it’s wines like this one that are making that happen.  Please note that this is not anything like White Zinfandel, Lancers, or Mateus.  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with those wines, but Barnard Griffin’s Rose is decidedly dry.  With ripe and creamy notes of strawberry, raspberry, orange and pomegranate balanced by crisp acidity, this is the wine you want to drink on warm sunny days.

Not sold yet?  I’ll give you one more chance to try it for free.  Stop by next Saturday, April 22nd — we’ll have it open for our free wine tasting that day. Otherwise, stop by the store and pick some up!  Cheers and happy spring and summer drinking and eating!

Buy 2012 Atalayas de Golban Torre de Golban Reserva Ribera del Duero at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Tempranillo Treasure – 2012 Torre de Golban Reserva

Wine of the Week – Let me make this easy for you.  The 2012 Torre de Golban Reserva from Spain’s Ribera del Duero region is seriously awesome and easily one of the best values in its category!  100% Tinto Fino (the local name for Tempranillo) from 60 to 80 year old vines, 18 months aging in high quality French oak barriques, just 367 cases for the entire world, and it’s less than $25!  I ordered the last 10 cases that my distributor had in stock.  With the number of serious Spanish wine lovers that shop at the store, I can promise you this one won’t last long.

2012 Atalayas de Golban “Torre de Golban” Ribera del Duero Reserva — On sale through Saturday, April 22nd unless we run out first!

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $22.49/bottle (10% off) or $18.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack (over 20% off)

I should start the story by telling you about Ribera del Duero and why it is such a unique and special zone for Tempranillo.  This high desert plateau 2 hours northwest of Madrid gets steaming hot in the summer and frigidly cold in the winter.  Temperatures can easily surpass 100 degrees during the growing season, only to drop into the 50’s at night.  These severe temperature swings would destroy most crops, but these hearty old Tempranillo vines thrive under these conditions yielding grapes with powerful personalities and intricate flavors.  Similarly, the rocky, rugged, and dry conditions of Ribera del Duero cause the vines to struggle, intensifying flavors and adding structure to the wines.

That is why some of Spain’s and the world’s top wineries have set up shop here.  Atalayas de Golban is owned by and the neighbor to Dominio de Atauta, one of Ribera del Duero’s, Spain’s, and the world’s elite estates.  To produce the Torre de Golban Reserva, the estate’s top red wine, the winery uses 100% Tinto Fino from their oldest and highest altitude vineyards.  Tinto Fino is the name of the local clone of Tempranillo found in Ribera del Duero; heartier, thicker skinned, and more resilient than other clones of Tempranillo, it thrives in this inhospitable environment.  The winery ages the wine for 18 months in French oak barrels, followed by an additional 2 years of aging in bottle before release.

The resulting wine is a big one and one that can be consumed now or over the next 4 to 5 years.  It’s a little shy right out of the gate, so it’s not a bad idea to decant this one or pour it into your glass for a 10 minute “breather.”  Once it opens, it is a symphony of aromas and flavors that will delight the palates of Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux lovers……..or those who like big, strong, powerful wines.  Assertively dark fruited (blackberry, black currant, black cherry) with background notes of tobacco, spice box, coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate, this could easily pass for a good Left Bank Bordeaux or mountain-grown Napa or Sonoma Cabernet.

 

Trust me folks, if you like bigger, more structured, and more savory wines that work wonders with grilled meats, this one is for you.  As I said in the opening lines, I ordered the last 10 cases from my distributor and this one won’t last long.  Stop by and pick some up or email me and I’ll be glad to hold your wine for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy eating and drinking in Asheville, NC.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
josh@tablewineasheville.com
828.505.8588

Super Saturday Wine Tasting with Sour Grapes at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Super Saturday Wine Tasting – Tour de France with Sour Grapes

Saturday, April 29th from 2-5 p.m. – Super Saturday Wine Tasting!  We’re taking you on a Tour de France with special guests Daniel Lukin-Beck and Katerina Dordelman of Asheville’s own Sour Grapes — sample 9 awesome small grower/producer, organic and biodynamic French wines for just $5 — free if you’re a Grape Nut!

Our next Super Saturday adventure will give you the chance to try some incredible French wines from local distributor/importer Sour Grapes.  Led by the passionate Devon Price and the cool and calm Daniel Lukin-Beck, Sour Grapes has established itself as one of our top sources of high quality, estate grown, organic and biodynamic French wines.  For this tasting, we’ll focus on the wines of Vignerons de Nature, a small group of independent growers and producers committed to organic and biodynamic viticultural practices.  We’re talking farmers with dirt under their fingernails, folks who know that good wine is made in the vineyard, real wines from real people!  Sour Grapes direct imports these wines and they are some of our favorite French wines in the store.

Sour Grapes Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

If you’ve had bad luck with organic wines in the past, you obviously haven’t tried the right ones — these are the right ones!  We’ll pour you samples from a variety of famed French wine regions with an emphasis on the vineyards and producers of Southern France.  This guarantees to be a great chance to taste, learn, and save big on some great wines from some wonderful small growers/producers.  No RSVP is required and you do not have to be a Grape Nut to attend — just pay $5 before you begin the tasting and have a great time.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. Le Ballon Vin Blanc 
(Languedoc, France)
2. Francois Le Saint Sancerre “Calcaire”
(Loire Valley)
3. Chateau de la Selve Viognier “Saint Regis”
(Aredeche)
4. Chateau de la Selve Rose “Maguelonne”
(Ardeche)
5. Le Ballon Vin Rouge
(Languedoc, France)
6. Domaine de L’R Chinon Rouge
(Loire Valley)
7. M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc
(Loire Valley, France)
8. Domaine Duseigneur Cotes du Rhone “La Chapelle”
(Rhone Valley)
9. Chateau les Croisilles Cahors “Silice”
(Southwestern France)
10. Domaine Duseigneur Lirac “Antares”
(Rhone Valley)

 

Buy M & S Bouchet Cabernet Franc at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc ‘Le Sylphe’ – Josh’s Freakout Wine

Wine of the Week – I might be jumping the gun here, but I’m going to go ahead and call this one of my favorite wines of 2017.  From a tiny, family run, biodynamic domaine in France’s Loire Valley, the 2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc is everything I look for in a red wine and more.  I love how it balances freshness and total “chuggability” with more “serious,” savory and complex nuances.  I love that it comes from 80+ year old vineyards that see zero chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or additives.  I also love that the wine has 5 years of age on it and that less than 100 cases make it to the United States.  And finally, I love the fact that we bought it all!  For fans of lighter, fresher, spicier red wines (think Beaujolais) that you can serve with a little chill, I promise you’re going to love this natural wine from France’s Loire Valley.

2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc ‘Le Sylphe’ – On Sale Through Saturday, May 13

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $21.99/bottle or just $18.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack

Matthieu and Sylvanie Bouchet took over the family domaine in 1990.  Located in Montreuil-Bellay, just south of Saumur, the husband and wife farm 15 acres of vines according to the strictest principles of biodynamics.  This isn’t a new phenomenon here — Matthieu’s father Francois started farming this way back in 1962.  In fact, Francois wrote the seminal book on how to use biodynamic principles in the vineyard, and he consulted for the likes of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Leflaive (to name a few) when they decided to make the conversion to this integrated system of organic agriculture.  Matthieu and Sylvanie chose to follow in Francois’ footsteps and the estate is now Demeter-certified organic and biodynamic.

Matthieu and Sylvanie Bouchet Cabernet Franc at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

                                             Matthieu et Sylvanie Bouchet

That’s all fine and dandy and healthy for the planet, but what’s the wine like?  Trust me folks, this stuff isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for the body too! I can testify to this fact.  After consuming the better part of a bottle last week, I felt great and I woke up the next morning feeling even better. The Bouchet’s put a ton of TLC into this wine, and you can certainly sense it.  The estate’s Cabernet Franc vines are some of the oldest in the region at 80+ years of age.  In addition to using no synthetic chemicals in their vineyards, the couple ferment with native yeasts.  They add minimal sulfur and do not fine or filter before bottling.  They then age this one for a full 2 years in neutral French oak before bottling.  This hand’s off approach in the vineyards and the cellar is all done in an effort to showcase the beauty and purity of these old vines.

The Bouchet’s are succeeding in this effort!  ‘Le Sylphe’ is an aptly chosen name for this wine —  translated into English, it me means a slender, graceful woman. The wine definitely has its similarities – it is beyond alive here with classic, sweet spices and black pepper. There is a silky, tobacco quality that combines well with all of the explosive black fruit. The wine tastes even better on day two when the tannin relaxes and all that is left is the exposed, raw richness of red/black/blue fruit that comes to the center weaving in and out with perfect acidity on a solid structure. It’s a delicious wine that will compete with the best Cru Beaujolais’ any day.

Enjoy this one with grilled sausages, lighter game, or just about anything off the grill this spring and summer.  Like I said, I bought all 15 cases that made it to Western North Carolina, and it’s going to go fast.  Stop by our French Farmers Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 29th (2-5pm) to give this one a try or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll be glad to put some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Free dry rose tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Dry Rose Rollout 2016

Friday, April 29 from 4-7pm – Join us for a free Dry Rose Wine Tasting as we pull the corks on some deliciously dry pink wines from the glorious 2016 vintage.

Spring has sprung and dry roses have arrived at Table Wine!  I was first introduced to dry roses by Eberhard Heide in 2003 when I moved to Asheville and started working at the Asheville Wine Market.  I was young and thought all pink wines were sweet and sappy.  Eb quickly corrected me, and I’ve been enjoying these dry, crisp and refreshing wines ever since.  On to the wines!  Up first, the Ameztoi Rubentis comes from Spain’s Basque region, and it is always a customer and staff favorite.  Slight effervescent and super high in crisp acidity, this stuff goes down way too easy.  Up next, the La Belle Etoile Rose comes to us from famed Tavel producer Chateau Manissy. Primarily Syrah, it offers tons of refreshment at a very fair price.  To finish, the Chateau Pesquie Les Terrasses Rose is a classic, Provencal-styled wine that makes me want for a caprese salad.  Stop by the store, celebrate the arrival of dry rose season, and stock up for the warm and sunny days of spring and summer!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 1, 0%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina  (Getariako, Txakolina) – I know, you’re like what the heck does that say.  Don’t worry about it folks, this stuff is straight up delicious.  A 50/50 blend of Hondarribi Beltza and Hondarribi Zuri from vineyards that range in age from 20 to 150+ years old, this remind me a bit of a strawberry/lime Snapple, minus the sugar.  Yum, yum, yum!
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 mixed cases

2.2016 Chateau Manissy La Belle Etoile (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Chateau Manissy owner and winemaker Florian Andre apprentice at Domaine de la Mordoree for 3 years before founding his estate.  Florian then approached the religious order that owned the Chateau de Manissy. Apparently many had tried and been turned down by the Brothers. In this case, however, they were impressed by Florian’s resume and plans.  La Belle Etoile means “beautiful star,” and this was the name given to the wine by the Manissy Brotherhood’s missionary preist.  A blend of organically farmed Syrah, Cinsault and Bourbolenc, it is lighter than Tavel, but nonetheless delicious.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 in mixed case

3. 2016 Chateau Pesquie Les Terrasses Rose (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Many of you have enjoyed the red wine from this all-star Ventoux estate.  Wait until you try their rose!  I tasted this one for the first time just last week, and I was smitten with it.  A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, this is the type of wine I refer to as a “porch pounder.”  Completely dry, beautifully aromatic, and just a joy to drink with or without food, it will run out quickly.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

 

Asheville, North Carolina's best free wine tasting at Table Wine.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Ben’s Picks

Saturday, April 15th from 2-5 p.m. – Join us as Josh gives up his position at the tasting bar and lets long time employee Ben Fort take over for the day.  Ben will taste you on three of his favorite wines.

When Josh asked me to pick the wines for Saturday’s free wine tasting, I immediately knew which wines we’d pour as my picks.  We’ll start with a lovely white, beautifully balancing rich fruit and refreshing acidity, that always hits the spot especially on a day where I grab some Chinese take-out on the way home.  Next is the “entry level” field blend from my favorite producer in the Langhe, G. D. Vajra.  It is quite literally the family’s house wine and a perfect pair with some of my favorite foods from salmon or roast chicken to mushroom risotto.  Finally, we’ll taste the current vintage of a wine I’ve sought out every year since their appearance at #10 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list back in 2008.  Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel is excellent time and again as the accompaniment to my Grandmother’s pulled pork recipe or spending time with the best of friends telling (mostly) true stories of years gone by.  There’s much more to each of these stories so stop by, taste, learn, and save; this and every Saturday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Wine Consultant Ben Fort.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Bianco (Veneto, Italy) – After inheriting their Father’s 20 Hectare estate, the four Castagnedi brothers purchased another 30 hectares of hillside vineyards on which they grow fruit for their Scaia wines. All four brothers are actively involved as they grow grapes with low yields, which they hand harvest, resulting in grapes that require minimal intervention during the winemaking process.
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2014 G. D. Vajra Langhe Rosso (Piemonte, Italy) – G. D. Vajra is a true family estate winery with parents and children working collaboratively to produce wines of character. This is the wine they describe much as a soccer team, with different grapes playing different roles in the wine much as different positions on the field make up the team.
Tasting Price: $14.29 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Seghesio Zinfandel (Sonoma County, California) – Since 1895 Seghesio has been essentially synonymous with Zinfandel with 300 acres of prime Sonoma County real estate under vine. Now in their 5th generation, the Seghesio family has always sought to “sustainably produce great estate wines from vineyards the family first tended in the late 1800’s.”
Tasting Price: $24.29 in mixed 3-packs | $22.94 in mixed 6-packs | $21.59 in mixed cases

Free Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville North Carolina.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting

Friday, April 21st from 4-7 pm – Yep, you read that right as we’re hosting a free Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting on Friday!  Truly one of California’s blue chip estates, we will pour you an all-star lineup of their current releases.  This guarantees to be the best free wine tasting in Asheville!

Founded in 1882, Chateau Montelena is one of California’s most historic and respected estates.  With 120 acres under vine, the winery produces about 50,000 cases of wine each year, and they make 7 different wines.  That’s really not a lot of wine!  Bo Barrett is still running the show here, and he continues to turn out great wines rooted in balance, class, and finesse.  Join us and see what we’re talking about.  We’ll start with their Dry Riesling, a 1,500 case production wine that is guaranteed to convert the most avid Riesling hater.  Up next, the estate’s Calistoga Zinfandel is just singing this vintage with bbq-friendly notes of briary fruit and peppery spice.  To finish, it’s the new vintage of Montelena’s Napa Valley Cabernet, and they knocked it out of the park this year.  What’s new?  Talk is cheap, let the wine do the talking and stop by to taste, learn and save this Friday at Table Wine.   Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Chateau Montelena Riesling  (Potter Valley, California) – We know, you hate Riesling because it’s so sweet and syrupy.  Wrong!  This one is completely dry and completely delicious.  In fact, it is actually sold out at the winery, but we’ve got a couple cases up for grabs.  Possessing bright acidity along with exotic tropical notes, this one makes us want for spicy Thai or Indian food.
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 mixed cases

2.2013 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel (Napa Valley, California) – Montelena’s Zinfandel is a rare Zinfandel treat.  As opposed to the extracted, jammy style often encountered, this one is balanced, medium bodied, and old school in style.  Briary red berries, earth, and spice all come out to play in this red wine that would pair nicely with a wide range of cuisines, from red sauced pasta dishes to smoked brisket.
Tasting Price: $35.99 in mixed 3-packs | $33.99 in mixed 6-packs | $31.99 in mixed case

3. 2013 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California) – Bo Barret’s Cabs are never the biggest or most extravagant, but they are always delicious, and this is no exception.  Mored medium bodied and seductive, it exhibits silky tannin and balanced acidity making it a perfect pair for a grilled steak.  Classic Napa Cabernet aromas and flavors of dark cherry, currant, tobacco, cedar, and licorice all make an appearance.  Drink now through 2025.
Tasting Price: $53.09 in mixed 3-packs | $50.14 in mixed 6-packs | $47.19 in mixed cases

Excelsior Estate Cabernet Sauvignon at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Best Under $10 Cabernet Sauvignon Ever

Case of the Month – The 2015 Excelsior Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is hands down the best under $10 Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve ever tasted.  I know, that sounds grandiose, but I’m prone to grandiosity when describing wine, and this one is 100% deserving.  Our friend Zingo Munger of Cape Classics, the importer of the wine, says 2015 was an exceptional vintage………so does every wine writer out there.  Dry, warm, and sunny conditions led to a bumper crop of super high quality grapes, and it is clearly evident in this wine. Ripe, supple, and possessing complexity pretty much never found in a Cabernet Sauvignon in this price range, this is guaranteed to be a critic’s choice for best Cabernet Sauvignon value of the year.  It’s the 2015 Excelsior Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and it’s our new Case of the Month — here’s the deal:

2015 Excelsior Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – On Sale Through April 12th

Just $9.99/bottle or $7.89/bottle (over 20% off) on your solid case!

Stop by the store Friday, March 10th (4-7pm) to taste this one for free.

There are several things going for Excelsior’s Cabernet Sauvignon.  In addition to the nearly perfect vintage, this is a family owned estate.  Freddie and Peter De Wet are the 4th and 5th generation of their family to tend the vine.  Their 400 acres of vineyards are situated in Robertson and their limestone-clay rich soils are ideal for the vine and all of the grapes are hand harvested.  Additionally, the 2015 is “bulked up” with 10% Petit Verdot — this adds darker fruit, complex mineral notes, and additional structure.  Last, but not least, the wine is aged in “real deal” French and American oak barrels for a period of 9 months — no oak chips or artificial oak flavoring here.  100% estate grown fruit, attention to quality in the vineyards, real oak barrels, an attractive package……….how do they do it for less than $10??  I don’t know, but I encourage the De Wet’s to keep up the good work!

The resulting wine is a thing of beauty.  Deeply colored and offering up a “$40 nose” of dark currant, cassis, licorice, tobacco, graphite, and spice box, this does not smell like an $8 bottle of wine.  On the palate the wine exhibits soft and plush flavors of dark cherry, currant, herb, creamy mocha and more — this doesn’t taste like an $8 bottle of wine either! All in all, I’ve always been a big fan of Excelsior’s Cabernet Sauvignon and all of their wines, but this year’s release is off the charts.  I can say with absolute certainty that this is the best under $10 Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve ever tasted.

Stop by Friday, March 10th (4-7pm) or shoot me an email at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order.  I’ll be glad to hold your wine through the end of the sale period. Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

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Free On Fridays Wine Tasting – Will’s Picks

Friday, April 14th from 4-7pm – Join us this Friday for a free wine tasting featuring some of new Table Wine employee Will Russell’s top picks.  

In case you didn’t know, I joined Table Wine 2 months back after a long stint as the wine buyer at Greenlife/Whole Foods.  I am so happy to be working with Josh and Ben and cherish the opportunity to increase my wine knowledge and share it with you.  I’ll start the tasting with one of my favorites, the new vintage of Domaine Salvard Cheverny Blanc.  This lovely expression of Sauvignon Blanc with just a touch of Chardonnay is one of the wines that first drew me to the Loire. Next up, the new vintage of Bodegas Muga Rosado is in fine form this year.  With great richness balanced by zesty acidity, I enjoy this one especially with lighter fish courses or spicy shellfish preparations.  One of the first wines I tasted with Josh when I joined the team was the Torre de Golban Ribera del Duero Reserva — I knew I’d found my new home!  We’ll finish with this big, structured Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero.  There’s so much more to each of the wines than words can purvey.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Table Wine Consultant Will Russell.

Wine Consultant Will Russell.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Blanc  (Loire Valley, France) – I love drinking wines from the Loire Valley.  Cheverny may be one of most underrated appellations in the Loire. It has never mounted a significant threat to the powerhouses of Sancerre nor Pouilly Fume. However, I don’t think the brothers Delaille are looking for a fight. Year after year they put their heads down and turn out spectacular, affordable wines that convey the chalk and limestone soils not far from the river banks.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 mixed cases

2.2016 Bodegas Muga Rosado (Rioja, Spain) – If you knew me well, you might ask why I have chosen two Spanish wines, as I am a hardcore Franco-phile.  I am actually an equal opportunity drinker and happen to love roses from Rioja. Bodegas Muga is relatively new to the game in Rioja, having been founded in 1932. Their rose is a blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo fermented in wooden vats for 15-20 days. The end result is a rich, pretty and impeccably balanced rose that smells and tastes of white peach with notes of wild strawberries.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed case

3. 2012 Torre de Golban Ribera del Duero Reserva (Ribera del Duero, France) – I’ve always leaned toward Ribera del Duero for my favorite expressions of Tempranillo. Torre de Golban is a side venture of the famed Dominio de Atauta. The high altitude and hot, dry climate make for wines of great concentration and depth. It spends 18 months in French oak and 2 years in the bottle prior to release. It is big, with strong dark fruits, a firm backbone of integrated tannin and subtle notes of cedar and tobacco. I want a thick, juicy, grilled bone in ribeye with this one.
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases
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